This extract is taken from the Warton Lecture in English Poetry, delivered by Professor Helen Vendler, on 17 May 2000.
The whole article can be downloaded as a PDF file.
Published in Review, January-July 2000.
Between 1993 and 1998, on behalf of the British Institute in Eastern Africa, Dr David W Phillipson directed a five-year programme of field study at Aksum, the ancient Ethiopian capital. In an edited extract from his Albert Reckitt Archaeological Lecture, delivered at the Academy on 22 February 2000, he describes some aspects of one of the most remarkable civilisations of the ancient world.
Professor David Loades, Director of the Project, explains the origin and significance of John Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, a work of central interest to the English Reformation under Elizabeth I.
The medieval stained glass of York Minster constitutes the largest single collection in England. The wide range of iconographical content and artistic excellence gives it outstanding importance in the study of the medieval world. The next stage in Tom French’s majestic treatment of York Minster’s glass, covering the vast and brilliantly coloured St William Window, was published at the beginning of 2000. One panel of this window is recorded in this entry and illustration from the new catalogue.